"Can you tell where the Faux ends and the Real begins"
The first step in your Faux Stone is to base coat the wall
with a color wash or a broken color faux finish. We've tried many colors
for our stones, but usually end up making them brown or tan.
One hint in base coating your stones...think about stones, their most common
characteristic is they are heavy or at least look heavy. So paint your stones "heavy",
I think by this I mean solid, light and airy just isn't a stone. After base coating
lay out your grout lines/mortor joints. Once your joints are in place, go back and add details to your stones.
This can be done any fashion you like...with a rag, sponge or brush.
Think af each stone as an individual peice of art.
Here we use an airbrush, only because it speeds the process
up a bit.
You can the same effect with a little more time and a paint brush.
A hint here is to use a of ripped (not cut)
cardboard as a shield or guard to create a natural looking stone edge.
The next step can be easily accomplished by using a dish
Figure out your light source and highlight with a white or cream color paint the
top edge of the stones and the side where the light
will hit. If you feel the need to highlight a little more you can with a small paintbrush,
hit the edges here and there with little tickle lines.
Since we always try to go the extra distance
to add more effects to our projects, we created the plaster break away with an
actual texture using joint compound. See our Wall Textures
We get many request for faux stone walls. This commission was in an arched pass-thru,
a pantry door became a mural of a wine cellar.
We suggested a partial break away or something similar for
a unique trompe l'oeil effect. You can get a closed in feeling by covering the
whole wall with faux stones,
by breaking the stones up with a sky
or plaster break away you can add depth, and a whole other deminsion to your
The more layers you create in your artwork, the bigger the impact your
trompe l'oeil effect will have.
For a more realistic effect don't be
afraid of black
or a deep dark brown. Black really makes your artwork pop.
For a little extra touch and another way of adding to our effect,
we added green algae growing in the mortor joints. This also breaks up the darkness
of the joints.
A sea sponge is the easiest way to create this green growth. Base coat with black,
then a dark green, then highlight with a light green or yellow.
Remember algae is bright and limey in color. Once again the black base coat will
make this growth "pop".
Don't forget to go back and paint the edges of the stones that are broke around your sky
if you chose to have a break away.
To complete a wine cellar, the pantry door became a mural,
you could just walk into the cellar. With wine barrels, a bottle and glass,
grapes for color, and a hungry little mouse.